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Discovery Education Wins SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Social Studies Techbook 

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Shawnee Cohn, Discovery Education

-Dynamic Digital Social Studies Textbook Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition-

SAN FRANCISCO (May 6, 2015) Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced that the Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook™ has won an SIIA CODiE Award for Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution. Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook™ is a complete digital solution that replaces traditional textbooks and features standards-based digital content that strengthens literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship skills.

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced Discovery Education as one of 28 CODiE Award winners in the education technology category. An SIIA CODiE Award win for ed tech companies is an especially prestigious honor, as each award winner has been selected by a combination of educators, who act as initial judges by selecting finalists from among all nominees, and SIIA members-company peers, who vote to select the winners from among the finalists.

Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook series builds instruction around complex Essential Questions that students use to guide their inquiry, analyze issues, and propose solutions to better understand the present.   Aligned with the C3 Framework, it emphasizes key literacy and writing skills and provides a multitude of resources to prepare students for college, career, and civic life.  Social Studies Techbook Courses include:

  • World Geography and Cultures
  • World History
  • U.S. History series that covers Prehistory to Present

“Discovery Education is honored by SIIA and the CODiE Award judges’ recognition of its Social Studies Techbook,” said Kelli Campbell, Digital Learning Officer for Discovery Education.  “Our Techbooks spark students’ interest in social studies and activate higher order critical thinking skills in a way that no print textbook can, and we are proud of the role our Techbooks play in empowering educators nationwide to improve student achievement.”

“SIIA’s 2015 Education CODiE Award winners’ are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there,” said SIIA Karen Billings, Vice President and Managing Director of the ETIN-SIIA. “We congratulate all of this year’s CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry.”

In 2012, SIIA recognized Discovery Education’s Science Techbook™ series with a CODiE Award for Best Science Instructional Solution and an overall award for Best Education Solution.

Winners were announced on May 5 during the Education Industry Summit, at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Details about the winning products can be found at

About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards

The SIIA CODiE™ Awards were established in 1986 by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other’s work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to celebrate the software and information industry’s finest products and services.

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the industry's only peer-reviewed awards program. The first round review of all nominees is conducted by media, publishing, and information services executives with considerable industry expertise, including members of the industry, analysts, media and bloggers, and bankers and investors. The judges are responsible for selecting the CODiE Awards finalists. SIIA members then vote on the finalist products and scores from both rounds are tabulated to select the winners.

For more information about the SIIA CODiE Awards, visit:

For more information about Discovery Education’s Social Studies Techbook, visit

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit

About ETIN

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content and professional development for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools and primary schools in England, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at